Alternatives to ‘Sioux’

As you may know, the word ‘Sioux’ is considered to be a slur amongst members of the Oceti Sakowin. It is not our word for ourselves, but rather a name given to us by another nation and perpetuated by the Europeans / Euro-Americans.

You also may have noticed that our official tribe names often contain the word ‘Sioux’ (‘Oglala Lakota Sioux Tribe’ for example.) The reason for this is entirely legal. When our treaties were drafted, they were written as an agreement between the US Government and the ‘Sioux Nation.’ For this reason, we cannot fully abandon the name. However, when we’ve had opportunities, we’ve dropped the name in places we can (’Oglala Lakota County,’ for example, a name chosen by the rezidents.)

Simply put, members of the Oceti Sakowin generally don’t refer to themselves as ‘Sioux’ and, if we can’t change it legally, at least we can continue to assert our identity on our terms. So, if you choose to respect that, here’s a quick Oceti Sakowin education guide:

Oceti Sakowin (Seven Council Fires) 

Oceti Sakowin (encompasses all language dialects) is the simplest and broadest replacement for ‘Sioux.’ You can use this term if you aren’t aware of the specific language group to which ‘Sioux’ refers. Within the Oceti Sakowin are three main groups, which are further divided into seven subgroups:

Isanti Oyate (Santee — Dakota Dialect)

  • Ble Wakantunwan (Mdewakanton*) - Spirit Lake
  • Wahpetunwan (Wahpeton) - Leaf Village
  • Wahpe Kute Tunwan (Wahpekute) - Leaf Archers
  • Sinsin Tunwan (Sisseton) - Swamp Village

Wiciyela Oyate (Yankton/Yanktonais — Dakota Dialect ; commonly mislabeled as Nakota* Dialect)

  • Ihanktunwan - End of Horn Village
  • Ihanktunwanna - Little End of Horn Village

Tinte Oyate (Tetons — Lakota Dialect)

  • Tinte Ta Tunwan (Tintatunwan Oceti Sakowin) - Plains Nation

Within the Tinte Ta Tunwan / Tintatunwan Oceti Sakown (#7), there are another seven subdivisions:

Tintatunwan Oceti Sakowin - Lakota

  • Oglala - Scatters Their Own (Pine Ridge Indian Reservation)
  • Sicangu - Burnt Thighs (Rosebud Reservation, Lower Brule Reservation)
  • Hwohwoju (Mnikiwoju/Mniconjou) - Swamp Plant  (Cheyenne River Reservation)
  • Itazipcola (Itazipco) - No Bow  (Cheyenne River Reservation)
  • Owohe Nunpa (Oohenunpa) - Two Paunch Boiler (Cheyenne River Reservation)
  • Sihasapa - Black Feet (Cheyenne River Reservation, Standing Rock Reservation)
  • Hunkpapa - End of Horn (Standing Rock Reservation)

*modern terminology
*In the past, the term Nakota has been applied to the Yankton, but this is a mistake. The Yankton speak Dakota. Nakota speakers are Assiniboine / Hohe and Stoney, who broke off from the Yankton at a time so long ago their language is now nearly unrecognizable to Lakota and Dakota speakers.

Imagine a bad sweater party with all of the Freelancers.

  • Wash has (you guessed it) a fuzzy grey and yellow cat sweater.
  • South’s sweater has a middle finger on the front and it flips off anyone who looks at it
  • York’s “ugly” sweater is a normal shirt with a mirror on the front. you can figure that one out.
  • Maine wore a sweater and just wrapped a whole string of christmas lights around himself. It was a hugely dangerous fire hazard looking back on it but everything turned out okay and it was worth it.
  • Florida literally covered himself in tinsel and glittery garland. He looked like an annoying diamond and when he stood near Maine he turned into an actual disco ball.
  • Connie showed up in the classic paneled sweater, each square depicting a lovely yet horribly unattractive holiday themed design.

Florida and North took knitting requests for anyone who found they were short of an ugly sweater and the turnout was:

  • Carolina ended up wearing an I Heart NY sweater (obviously requested for by York) 
  • North wore his itchy and obnoxiously purple“Team Dad” sweater, made by Florida
  • Florida knitted Wyoming a sweater that was literally a compilation of horrible mustache puns

Temryss Lane - Lummi
Jacob Pratt - Dakota/Ojibwe
JaNae Collins - Dakota/Crow
Shaandin Tome - Navajo
Andrea N. Garcia - Mandan/Hidatsa/Arikara
Clementine Bordeaux - Sicangu/Oglala Lakota
George Funmaker - Hochunk/Dakota
Jim Ruel - Ojibwe

Produced by: JaNae Collins, Brian Vallie, Jim Ruel, and Pamela J. Peters

We would like to thank the Standing Rock Water Protectors. You are making history and are making our ancestors proud.

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Hey RPC, you’re getting better, you really are, I’m proud and you should be proud too, but there’s still way too many Native fcs who don’t have proper resources so I, Natalie, with my Microsoft Word Graphic Making has decided to make you Part One (Part Two will be up tomorrow, Part Three Sunday) of a Masterlist of Female (Cis & Trans) Native North American (including Alaska and Greenland) and South American Faceclaims with resources equalling fewer than 100 gifs/gif icons/rp icons (part two is non binary, part three is cis and trans males) so that you can look here for some fcs to make resources of (this is even going to be used for personal reference for fcs I’ll be making resources of). Beside each person is their age (if known, if not known it says “unknown age”), their tribe(s) (I did not include anyone on here who is “tribe unspecified”), and what they’ve done, as well as any social media accounts that they may have. Not all faceclaims are 100% Native, and it is stated beside each if they are not (with what else they are). All faceclaims are aged 13 or older and living. Italicized are faceclaims who at least have some resources, bolded are faceclaims who don’t have any resources (and I’m sorry to say there are a ton more bolded than italicized). There are a total of #226 faceclaims under the cut, I’m sure I missed people, though, and I’m sorry for that. Note: these are only including resources I could find on tumblr, some may already have resources on places like livejournal or deviant-art that I’m unaware of.

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Nakotah LaRance hoop dancing! (Saw most of these moves in person tonight, jeez, seriously so blessed!!) Also, the anime and the Monster reminds me of “V,” for those of you who have been following my journey with him…

Ojibwe writer David Treuer jokes that the Sioux “corner the market in Indian cool:“ 

"Those plains tribes—Lakota, Dakota, Nakota, Crow, Cheyenne, Blackfeet, Arikara—those are really cool tribes and when people close their eyes and imagine an Indian, well, they tend to imagine some plains Indian on the back of a horse and they don’t tend to imagine stocky Ojibwe people living in swamps, trapping beavers and eating rabbits. So yeah, I will say that some of our neighboring tribes are in some ways cooler than we are, but in some ways of course not. … Those plains tribes have great names like Crazy Horse, Sitting Bull, those are awesome. Some of our famous Ojibwe chiefs have names like Moose Dung, Little French Man, Bad Boy, Curly Head, Flat Mouth and I mean, those are interesting, but not quite as cool as Sitting Bull.”

Treuer is the author of the 2012 book Rez Life. His new novel is called Prudence.

Famous Chiefs From the Sioux Tribe

The Sioux is a Native American tribal nation consisting of three subdivisions — the Lakota, Dakota and Nakota — whose lands once spread across north central North America, including parts of North and South Dakota, Minnesota, Iowa, and Nebraska, and parts of Canada. Many of the tribe’s leaders became known throughout the country during the Indian wars and battles of the late 19th century.

kalistozenda  asked:

Instead of making assumptions about people... how about messaging them before spreading things on your wall. North America has 235 Indigenous Languages 100 of which are dying out, and many schools in the Pacific NorthWest and Plains Region of the United States have colonialized languages in schools, and arent teaching us the 10 languages native to Montana and the Dakotas. I realize youtube has plenty of resources and so does skype. However, it would be great for us to write a curriculum

*this person continued messaging with the following: “Also the teepee cloth question was legitimate. My partner is Chikasaw and Choctaw, and my family is Iroquois. Asking for the benefit of supporting native businesses is what many folks do. But youll just lose interest if you come at your followers in a sense that they are just "white” people searching to appropriate. I understand that we deal with assimilation and intersectionality on a daily basis. But to just treat your follower base with oh you did this because makes a resource group look bad"

first of all, as a Plains Indian, just wanna let you know there are more than 10 languages indigenous to Montana and the Dakotas (at least 3 dialects of Salish, Kutenai, Blackfeet, Cree, Lakota/Dakota/Nakota, Gros Ventre, Cheyenne, Arapaho, Crow, Anishinaabe, Arikara, Mandan, Hidatsa)…looks like your google search was a little lacking. 

second, you cannot just write a language curriculum for an indigenous language, not without consultation with elders and fluent speakers, cultural upbringing, etc. and you definitely can’t create a universal curriculum that is going to work for any/all age group, school, location, or indigenous language. these things have to be grounded in specific communities and traditional knowledges in order to be successful. even for people who are from that tribe and grew up in the community and are culturally strong, it takes years to do that kind of thing for just one dialect. if you are interested in creating a curriculum, i suggest selecting a specific language, moving to that community, and working with the people who have already started that work (elders, linguists, teachers, prayer keepers, etc). 

third, Haudenosaunee people don’t live in tipis. their traditional style of housing is a longhouse. Chickasaw and Choctaw people don’t traditionally use tipis either. IF you really are Iroquois (you know that’s a confederation, not a specific tribe, right?), and IF your partner is really Chickasaw and Choctaw, i suggest you seek out elders or community members that can teach you more about your cultures and traditional ways. i never called you white, i expressed frustration with your ignorant and insensitive questions that clearly show a lack of respect for what we do and for the diversity among indigenous cultures.

fourth, this is a FASHION blog. this is not an All Things Indian blog. we are not here for ANY of the stuff you asked for. don’t ask an ignorant and entitled question and then get mad when someone gets irritated and doesn’t wanna answer. 

anonymous asked:

How is the indigenous representation this election? How many First Nations are running for each party, and how does this compare to the last election? Wonderful blog, btw. Thank you for the time you put in this.

These are the known FNMI candidates per party:

Conservative Party of Canada (CPC)

Leona Aglukkaq (Inuit) - Nunavut
Rob Clarke (Cree) - Desnethé-Missinippi-Churchill River
Floyd Roland (Inuvialuit) - Northwest Territories

Green Party of Canada (GPC)

Roger Fleury (Algonquin) - Hull-Alymer
​Fran Hunt-Jinnouchi (Kwakiutl/Quatsino) - Cowichan-Malahat-Langford
Lorraine Rekmans (Algonquin) - Leeds-Grenville-Thousand Islands and Rideau Lakes
Brenda Sayers (Nuu-chah-nult) - North Island-Powell River

Liberal Party of Canada (LPC)

Lisa Abbott (Cree) - Saskatoon West
Della Anaquod (Saulteaux, Cree, Dakota) - Regina-Qu'appelle
Philippe Archambault (Métis) - Lanark–Frontenac-Kingston
Rebecca Chartrand (Anishinaabe, Métis) - Churchill-Keewatinook Aski
Trisha Cowie (Aboriginal) - Parry Sound-Muskoka
Louis De Jaeger (Métis) - Chilliwack-Hope
Yvonne Jones (Inuit) - Labrador
Lawrence Joseph (Cree) - Desnethé-Missinippi-Churchill River
Michael McLeod (Métis) - Northwest Territories
Robert-Falcon Ouellette (Cree) - Winnipeg Centre
Don Rusnak (Anishinaabe) - Thunder Bay-Rainy River
Karley Scott (Métis) - Central Okanagan-Similkameen-Nicola
Hunter Tootoo (Inuit) - Nunavut
Dan Vandal (Métis) - Saint Boniface-Saint Vital
Jody Wilson-Raybould (Kwakwaka'wakw) - Vancouver Granville

New Democratic Party of Canada (NDP)

Cameron Alexis (Nakota) - Peace River-Westlock
Sandra Arias (Cree) - Battlefords-Lloydminster
Melissa Atkinson (Tr'ondëk Hwëch'in) - Yukon
April Bourgeois (Métis) - Regina-Wascana
Chantal Crête (Métis) – Argenteuil Petite-Nation
Jonathan Genest-Jourdain (Innu) - Manicouagan
Rex Isaac (Anishinaabe) - Lambton-Kent-Middlesex
Georgina Jolibois (Dene) - Desnethé-Missinippi-Churchill River
Aaron Paquette (Cree) - Edmonton Manning
Edward Rudkowski (Inuit) – Labrador
Romeo Saganash (Cree) - Abitibi-Baie-James-Nunavik–Eeyou
Carleen Thomas (Tsleil-Waututh) - North Vancouver
Nancy Tremblay (Abenaki) - Orléans
Duane Zaraska (Métis) – Lakeland

This comes to a total (so far) of 38 candidates this election. In 2011 there were 35.

There are still a lot of party nominations going on, so this number could grow.